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Dr. Alexandra Berndt is an active performer and teacher based in the Twin Cities; she joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She has been a substitute bassoonist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. In addition to maintaining a large private studio, she also serves as the adjunct bassoon professor at St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, and is the bassoon instructor at the Shell Lake Arts Center.
She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance with a Secondary Emphasis in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota. She received her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. While in Boston, Berndt was a member of the Vento Chiaro Wind Quintet. A 2010 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she also attended the summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center and the Banff Music Centre. Her primary teachers include John Miller, Richard Ranti, Suzanne Nelsen, Christopher Millard, Lewis Kirk, and David Seidel.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, cycling, wakeboarding, gardening, and traveling. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their tuxedo cat.